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Chrissie England

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With Chrissie England in charge, Industrial Light & Magic has its mojo back. Not that ILM was ever entirely in the doldrums.

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The Couric Effect

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Precisely a year ago, Katie Couric was on top of the world -- on the verge of becoming the first woman to anchor a nightly newscast solo, a milestone that sent broadcast news into tumult and made her…

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Ladd case nears end

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Framing it as a case of "broken promises, notorious Hollywood accounting, self-dealing and uncontrolled power by Warners," Alan Ladd Jr.'s attorney asked a jury Monday to award nearly $3.2 million in…

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Changing perceptions

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Last spring on a billboard, a female gorilla fought ferociously against the chains that bound her, a golden statuette in her hand. The buzzworthy billboard was an awards season protest from the…

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Hazardous impact

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"We had faces then!" cried Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard," clearly reflecting a simpler, more innocent time. Today's famed female entertainment figures, along with their fetching visages, are…

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Marion Cotillard

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She's one of the year's first real Oscar contenders, which is no small feat considering how few Americans will recognize Marion Cotillard when they see "La Vie en rose."

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Helen Mirren

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It's somehow fitting that in the past year, Helen Mirren won a slew of awards -- including an Oscar, a BAFTA, an Emmy and a pair of Golden Globes -- for playing not one but two Queen Elizabeths, I…

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Susanne Bier

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Critics have often praised the films of Susanne Bier as if their voyeur-like intimacy and organic emotions were secret pleasures. But the Danish helmer, the latest star to emerge from the Dogma…

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Marjane Satrapi

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In relating a young woman's experiences growing up in Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the black-and-white animated feature "Persepolis" doesn't exactly mince words. Neither does Marjane…

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